February 22, 2021/Media, Press

Texas Democrats Step Up to Provide Food, Shelter, and Water to Texans as Texas Republicans are Running Away, Nowhere to Be Found

AUSTIN, Texas —  Democrats are providing the bulk of volunteer relief aid to Texas households impacted by boil water notices/water shortages and/or those suffering from food insecurity as a result of the deadly winter storm that knocked out power and water for millions of Texans.

Meanwhile, Texas Republicans abdicated their duties and either fled responsibility or fled the state physically.

Here are a few examples of how Texas Democrats are stepping up for our Texas communities:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Texas Democrats joined together to raise over $5 million in relief for Texans and have been organizing welfare checks and food and water donation drives across the state.

Beto O’Rourke has been hosting virtual phone banks and visiting areas across Texas all week long to help Texans in need. 

Julian Castro raised nearly $500,000 for Feeding Texas over the course of the week. 

Rep. Joaquin Castro assisted with food distribution and getting San Antonio residents and other Texans much-needed supplies.

Rep. Sylvia Garcia and Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee handed out water to folks across Houston and helped raise crucial funds to get food, water, and shelter to Texans.

Texas Democratic State Senate Leader Sen. Carol Alvardo distributed water and supplies with other Houston-area Democratic elected officials, activists, and volunteers.

Texas Democratic House Leader Rep. Chris Turner personally made calls on behalf of Tarrant County residents to get their power restored.

State Rep. Gene Wu handed out warm meals to thousands of hungry Texans.

Austin City Council member Greg Casar marshaled resources to Travis County and ensured that the public was informed about the water crisis

Texas Democratic activists and SDEC member Jen Ramos and DNC member Andre Treiber delivered $2500 worth/165 meals worth of direct aid for college students struggling to eat after the crisis hit. 

The Texas AFL-CIO and other labor leaders distributed water and resources to Texans in need across the state. 

City, county and college board Democrats in Laredo and Webb County have organized a winter relief fund to help residents pay for issues caused by Governor Abbott’s failure, including replacement of spoiled goods, heating costs, appliances and fire damage due to blackout, and more.

Meanwhile, with Texas children and seniors literally freezing to death in their homes, Texas Republicans did the following:

Ted Cruz hopped on a flight to Cancun. 

Greg Abbott wasted precious time lying on national television, then asked the federal government to bail out our state from his own negligence. 

Ken Paxton hopped on a flight to Utah.

And where was John Cornyn?

Who is and isn’t looking out for Texans could not be clearer.